Category Archives: Web

Website Update #2

In a prior Website Update post, I celebrated my site having hit the meager milestone of 1,000 page views in a month.  My how times have changed.  January 2016 has come and gone, and with it a couple of cool milestones have been met.

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What I Use: On My Website…

I’ve been working on several SAP articles — including an ‘Ask Me Anything’ on packing proposals and a series on Backorders — but I wanted to share a few details about what I use to run my website.  Read on for details on hosting, WordPress, and plugins.

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OneNote Publisher: Import from OneNote to WordPress Posts, Pages

I have used WordPress for years to manage the content and layout for my websites. Out of the box, it is extremely feature rich and its extensibility through the use of third party plugins allows it to accomplish almost anything you could ask for. But it’s not perfect; one of the main limitations I’ve struggled with is the inability to develop content while on the go. The mobile web interface on my Windows Phone is clunky and unpredictable. Third party apps offer some alternatives, but don’t allow for offline use. When I heard that Microsoft had developed a plug-in designed to import content from OneNote, I was excited to try it out. Read on for my impressions.

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Website Update

WordPress site stats
WordPress site stats

My website has been live for over a year — half of which has been in obscurity. I’m sure it could seem insignificant, but today my little blog hit a milestone. The month of September marks my first calendar month with over 1,000 page views. I’d like to thank the anonymous hundreds for finding my site. Thank you.

IE 11: Pin a Website as a Live Tile to Your Start Screen

The developer preview release of Windows Phone 8.1 this week brings along with it Internet Explorer 11.  IE 11 has been a fixture on Windows 8.1 for quite a while, and it’s good to see Microsoft continuing efforts to expand integration between its platforms. One such feature of IE 11 which I am glad to see brought to Windows Phone 8.1 is the ability to pin websites to the start screen as an RSS-driven Live Tile.  Read on to learn what the capabilities are and how to implement them on your own website.

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Microsoft Web Matrix 2

First off, I haven’t called myself a Web Developer in quite a while. My first job out of college involved some light ASP-based web dev work using Visual Studio and SQL Server. That work inspired me to create my own content management system. It was hosted on my own PC using MS IIS and MS Access. I even had a static IP address provided by my ISP at the time.
Recently, I’ve been getting back into doing some web design work. Nothing fancy — just some WordPress templates, CSS, HTML5. I was looking for a good tool to facilitate this work and I stumbled upon Microsoft’s Web Matrix product, a freeware development tool encompassing several different web technologies.  A few comments and first impressions after the break.

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LinkedIn Endorsements:

If you have logged into LinkedIn in the past few months, you may have noticed a new function called Endorsements.  This allow users to certify other members of their LinkedIn network in a particular skill or industry.  If I’ve worked with Bob on a project and he’s proven to have strong SAP Materials Management skills, I can “endorse” him in SAP-MM.  Other users viewing Bob’s profile can see this endorsement alongside all the other endorsements he has received.  On each profile, you can now see a pseudo-barchart ranking that user’s endorsed skills.  But of what value is this feature?

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Discover: Bing Desktop + SimpleDesktops.com

My opinions on Microsoft’s Bing services vary, but one feature that I am in love with is included in the Bing Desktop application.  It allows you to adopt the current day’s Bing.com background image to your own desktop.  The images range from lush global landscapes to beautiful macro images of flora or fauna.  And it can automatically update every day for a complete change of scenery.  For that feature alone, I think it’s worth an install.

If photo-based desktops is not your thing, then on the other end of the spectrum is SimpleDesktops.com (new window).  Here you’ll find minimalist desktops in a broad range of flavors.  My current desktop is title “Eiffel”.  Definitely check it out.